29. Bioarchaeology's Holy Grail: The Reconstruction of Activity

  1. Anne L. Grauer
  1. Robert Jurmain1,
  2. Francisca Alves Cardoso2,
  3. Charlotte Henderson3 and
  4. Sébastien Villotte4

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345940.ch29

A Companion to Paleopathology

A Companion to Paleopathology

How to Cite

Jurmain, R., Cardoso, F. A., Henderson, C. and Villotte, S. (2011) Bioarchaeology's Holy Grail: The Reconstruction of Activity, in A Companion to Paleopathology (ed A. L. Grauer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345940.ch29

Editor Information

  1. Loyola University Chicago, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    San Jose State University, California, USA

  2. 2

    Federal University of Pará, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Archaeology, Durham University, UK

  4. 4

    University of Exeter, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 6 NOV 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334258

Online ISBN: 9781444345940



  • bioarchaeology's holy grail, the reconstruction of activity;
  • human skeletal research, reconstructing past activities;
  • pathological conditions, as identified in human remains;
  • complex physiological changes, at muscle attachment sites;
  • occupation and impaired health, cause-and-effect relationship;
  • musculoskeletal disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • OA as a marker of activity/occupational stress;
  • architectural bone properties and CSBG, for locomotion in fossil hominins;
  • enthuses and two morphologies, fibrous and fibrocartilaginous;
  • future of bioarchaeological research, and new opportunities


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • History of Activity Studies

  • Methodological Considerations

  • Prospects for Future Research

  • References